On Monday, February 5, 2024, Catholic Central High School students attended an assembly featuring guest speaker Adam Harris, who discussed the importance of faith, brotherhood, and social emotional learning.
Harris is an author, motivational speaker, and servant leader on a mission to encourage and inspire, with a focus on mentoring and empowering young people. He graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a BA in Business Administration and a minor in African American studies.
He also holds a master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Detroit Mercy and has written three books to date. He has a fourth book and two children’s books on the way.
Although he never considered himself a writer growing up, Harris stated that his college professor encouraged him to write books to provide a one-on-one connection with the students he speaks to.
He is the Director of a federal TRIO program in Detroit that helps high school students from underserved high schools get to college. Harris teaches young students that the best way to make a difference in the world is by starting with you.
“Adam did a great job talking about culture, gratitude, and maximizing opportunities, reminding our students that it all starts with them. Look at the man in the mirror first and ask yourself who you want to become,” stated Chris Okoye ’14, Director of Diversity, Student Engagement, and Community Outreach.
Harris explained that after losing his father at 11, being mentored by faith-led men helped him become the man he is today. His goal to is to provide the same uplifting, faith-led mentorship to the youth, teaching them how to network, build relationships, and turn into successful men.
During this speech, Harris discussed a concept he called MY Time, which focuses on mastering yourself. He advised students to focus on mastering who they want to become by sticking to the Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge process they learn at Catholic Central.
Harris asked students to pull out their phones and write down several action words, including Think, Believe, Faith, and Achieve. He stated that these four principles are essential in developing into the man you want to become.
He encouraged CC students to believe in themselves and embrace their brotherhood and faith, stating that the young men he has worked with who embody these characteristics tend to do better in life, making good personal and professional decisions when they could have otherwise drifted.
“Adam did an incredible job motivating and uplifting the spirits of the young leaders at CC. He brought great energy and his words resonated with students. I saw them very locked in as Adam equipped them with the practical tools they need to achieve greatness,” stated Sharnese Marshall, Harris’ fiancé.